SOE unveils EverQuest Next and EverQuest Landmark
There was some seriously big news on the MMO front this weekend, because Sony Online Entertainment announced that it is hard at work on two new EverQuest games. That’s right, two.
The announcement mainly revolved around one: EverQuest Next, essentially a reboot of the classic MMORPG that introduces a slew of features that fans of the genre should be excited about. Without going into too much detail, SOE promised EQ Next will sport fully-destructible terrain, a multi-class system, emergent AI, a full-on parkour navigation system, and world-changing quests that will have permanent repercussions.
EverQuest Next is being designed to redefine and reinvigorate the genre, and one way that it will pull that off is with its newly-announced companion title, EverQuest Landmark. This freemium MMO will give players access to SOE’s world-building tools for Next, allowing them to create and share structures of their own. There’ll even the possibility that some of the structures in Landmark will carry over into EQ Next.
"We've rebooted our own game," David Georgeson, head of series development, told Kotaku. "About a year and a half ago, we changed the team out, we tore it down, and we rebuilt it from the bedrock up. We were really serious about it. We wanted to figure out what was fun, what wasn't fun.
“There's a lot of stuff people don't like about MMOs, and we didn't want to rebuild that again because 'that's an MMO' and there were all these Holy Grails we wanted to put into a game but never had the courage or resources to make those kinds of changes. But since we're doing something brand new, we wanted to start from scratch and try to build something that's very, very different from regular MMOs."
While a date or release window hasn’t been announced for EQ Next, Landmarks was confirmed to be launching sometime this year, which probably means Next won’t be too far behind. At least, that’s my guess.
For a more detailed look at how EverQuest Next and EverQuest Landmark seem set to change the name of the game with MMORPGs, check out the source link below. Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can view the highlights of the announcement in this video here.
Source: Sony Online Entertainment Press Release
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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